Mi'kmaq, Scottish-Canadian, and Brazilian (from my father's side). It's kind of an unusual mix. I can personally attest that being mixed, you get a lot of racially insensitive comments from people. Someone once said to me that there was no way I could be Native because I "don't have those almost chinky-looking eyes the way Natives do". That really fucking pissed me off, the nerve of him, the sheer ignorance. I try to avoid talking about my heritage with people at all but it's usually the first thing people want to know.
"So...what are you?"
WHAT ARE YOU. You don't just say that to someone. Especially a person you hardly know, but alas, it happens all the time. And everyone likes to do this thing where they guess my ethnicity and rattle off every South American country off the top of their head. I'm not even sure if I'm Portuguese Brazilian or Spanish Brazilian due to not knowing my father for most of my life (long story short: parents divorced when I was little, father up and left, haven't seen him since—I refuse to go into more detail than that) and I've never really cared to bring up the issue with my mother.
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